Woodworking

North Bennet Street School woodworking workshops and short courses are well-known for providing the highest-quality training in the fundamentals of fine and machine woodworking for individuals interested in exploring furniture making, carpentry and preservation carpentry. 

In addition to the fundamental workshops, two-day and longer workshops provide opportunities for students to build additional skills and fabricate useful objects of lasting value. Popular table and chair making, bowl-turning and timber-framing workshops are offered regularly. Master classes provide opportunities for professionals and advanced students to learn new skills.

Calendar

Monday, July 25, 2016

Heart Back Chair

Monday-Friday, July 25-August 5 (10 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Steve Brown
$1,750/$1,575

This class has been canceled.

Chair building is a specialized branch of woodworking that involves working with angles and curves in a way that may be new to many woodworkers. The heart back chair is one of the more refined examples of Hepplewhite chair design. It is a challenging project which requires careful design, layout and execution along with careful planning. This class guides students through these challenges step-by-step to provide them with a good understanding of overall and specific parts of the chair-building process. Both hand tools and machines are used with clear explanations and demonstrations of each step. We incorporate shared set-ups and jigs to aid efficient progress. Chairs are not upholstered or finished during workshop. Students should expect to have a chair that is glued up by the end of class.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking, or equivalent experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Decorative Inlay and Marquetry

Monday-Friday, August 1-5 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Paula Garbarino
$725/$652

This five-day workshop explores techniques of inlay: embedding contrasting veneers into a wood base. Demonstrations and exercises include methods of stringing and drill-cut inlay as used in the line and berry work of 18th century Pennsylvania; gouge-cut “bellflower” inlay and shaded fans found in Federal Period furniture; compass star inlay of nautical origin; and marquetry, fret-sawn pictorial designs, of many periods. Advice on stone and metal inlay is optional.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking or Introduction to Sharpening at NBSS (or equivalent experience)

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Windsor Chair Workshop

Monday-Saturday, August 1-6 (6 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1,450/$1,305

This class is now full. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. Students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture: the Windsor Chair. Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology, a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will have the option of creating a fan back or balloon back chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Contemporary Coffee Table

Monday-Friday, August 8-12 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$795/$715

Take your machine and hand skills to a new level while building a coffee table with clean lines. This fast-paced class uses traditional techniques and construction methods to create a finished table that exhibits craftsmanship in a contemporary design. We use mitered joints, half-lap joints, mortise and tenon joints, and frame-and-panel construction concepts during construction. Students use a draft of the table to gather information and make decisions. The completed table stands (roughly) 17.5" tall, 37" long, 16.8" wide and made completely of hardwood. Students are responsible for transporting their work home on the last day of class.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking or related experience. If you have questions about your experience, please contact the Continuing Education.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Carve a Spoon

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300/$270

This class is now full. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Spoon carving is a great way to learn about wood and design and it requires no dedicated workshop; a stump or a comfortable chair will suffice.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, September 10 to Sunday, September 11 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Woodworking 101

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$195/$175

Interested in woodworking and looking for a way to get started? This course is designed to introduce students to and to safely use common woodworking machines and hand tools. We discuss how to approach work in the machine shop and at the workbench. Students take rough boards and machine them to useful sizes before taking the parts to the bench to work with planes and other hand tools. We work towards the completion of a small wall shelf..

All tools and materials are provided for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Monday, September 12 to Friday, September 16 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Matt Wajda
$775

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine procedures and learn the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides, or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid, beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Three Month Furniture Making Intensive

Monday - Friday, September 12 - December 9th
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(no class October 10, November 11, 24 &25)

Instructor: Jamey Pope
$6000
$1800 deposit due at registration. Remaining balance is due 30 days before start of class. Half of the deposit is refunded if notification is given at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds are made for later cancellations.

Discounts and other registration policies do not apply for this workshop

This intensive workshop is for anyone wishing to have in depth and comprehensive instructions in furniture making, including those who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to apply for North Bennet Street School’s full-time programs. This course is designed to guide the student from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making. The course begins with the skills taught in the Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples prior to building a more complex final project. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students are also taken to a lumber yard and guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project.

The following are all covered in this course: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently and accurately, spindle and mallet turning, veneering, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding and curved and flat drawer construction.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 13-November 22 (no class October 11) (twenty sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Judith Hanson and Bob Miller
$1300

This course builds foundational skills essential to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools, including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper, and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planing. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the course and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Each student completes a box with sliding lid.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Public Lecture: A Strategy for Design

Thursday, September 22
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Instructor: Gary Rogowski
Free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Please also join us for Gary's Chair Design Strategy class. Register here.

Design has a vocabulary like any language and rests on an understanding of purpose, engineering, and beauty. This lecture provides an outline for considering your own new designs. Learn how to generate ideas, build on sketches, transform your scribbles into models and scale drawings, and finally how to generate your cut list so you can get building.

Gary Rogowski has designed and built furniture for 40 years in Portland, Oregon and has been a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine for 15 years. His design work was shown in the 1989 Biennial Art Festival at the Portland Art Museum and his public furniture graces the Oregon State Archives, Temple Beth Israel, St. Juan Diego Parish, and the Oregon State Forest Service headquarters. In 1991 he was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission fellowship in Crafts. In 1997, he started his own school, The Northwest Woodworking Studio, where he is the Director. As a teacher he is focused on no nonsense solutions to common woodworking problems.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Chair Design Strategy

Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25 (three sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Gary Rogowski
$425

Chair design is one of furniture making’s greatest challenges. Learn about chair design through the development of sketches, ideas, and full scale plans. Students will make a ¼ model in wood as well as a prototype.

Chair design is one of furniture making’s greatest challenges as it requires that you utilize all your design and building skills: aesthetics to make a chair appealing, engineering to make it strong and durable, and sensitivity in knowing how to make the body feel comfortably seated. Learn about chair design in the development of sketches, ideas, and full scale plans. We draw up our design and work on modifications before putting together an aesthetic 1/4 scale model in wood. Finally, we build a prototype to sit in to gain critical comfort and engineering information. Demonstrations are offered in cold bend laminations and steam bending.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, September 25 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday, September 26 to Friday, October 7 (ten sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1300

This course builds foundational skills essential to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools, including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper, and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planing. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the course and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Each student completes a box with sliding lid.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Saturdays, October 15 to November 12 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$775

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine procedures and learn the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides, or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid, beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Family Class: Make a Birdhouse

Saturday, October 15 (one session)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Jamey and Robert Pope
$75 per person

Looking for something unique to do as a family? Attend our family woodworking class and make a birdhouse of your very own! Kids aged 8 to 16 will gain confidence while learning workshop safety and proper tool use. Workbenches, jigs, electric drills, hand planes, rasps, hammers and more are all part of the fun. At the end of this one-day class, kids will walk away with a functional copper-roofed birdhouse they created all by themselves.

To guardians: children need to be accompanied by an adult to attend, and guardians must sign this release form in advance of the class if the adult attending is not the legal guardian.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Carve a Spoon

Saturday November 5 to Sunday, November 6 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Spoon carving is a great way to learn about wood and design and it requires no dedicated workshop; a stump or a comfortable chair will suffice.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, November 5 to Sunday, November 6 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Shaker Oval Boxes

Sunday, November 6 (one session)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Judith Hansen
$250

Learn about the history of the Shakers and their woodcraft. Shaker furniture is practical yet elegant in its simplicity. Working with prepared box bands, students learn to bevel, steam, and bend Shaker box bands then fit and tack them to lids and bottoms. Each student makes two to three boxes.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Woodworking Basics: Cutting Board and Rolling Pin

Saturday November 12 to Sunday, November 13 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glen
$200

Learn the basics of woodworking with two simple projects.On the first day, we will focus on making a cutting board in the machine room, and one the second day we will create rolling pins in the lathe studio. Students mill and join the wood for the cutting boards before crafting the final shapes and sizes. Work in the lathe studio introduces the basic tools and cutting techniques used during spindle turning while students create two rolling pins.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Monday, November 14 to Friday, November 18 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$775

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine procedures and learn the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides, or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid, beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Open Shop: Bowl Turning

Sunday, November 20 (one session)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

$100

This open studio is designed for students who have recently taken a bowl turning class at NBSS and are looking for additional practice. Students should come prepared to work on their own projects. No formal instruction is given during the open studio, however a studio monitor is available for assistance. Please contact the Continuing Education Department in advance if you have questions about the suitability of your project.

Prerequisite: Students should have taken a Bowl Turning class at NBSS in the last two years. Please contact us if you have questions about your experience.

All tools and one poplar blank are provided and are included in the tuition price. Bowl blanks ($10-$50) are available for purchase during the open studio.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 9 (ten sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1300

This course builds foundational skills essential to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools, including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper, and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planing. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the course and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Each student completes a box with sliding lid.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, December 4 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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